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A Lion in the House (2006)

Not Rated | | Documentary | 28 July 2006 (UK)
Five families struggle with the ups and downs of cancer treatment over the course of six years.
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Won 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Justin Ashcraft Justin Ashcraft ... Himself
Adam Ashcraft Adam Ashcraft ... Himself
Dale Ashcraft Dale Ashcraft ... Himself
Debbie Ashcraft Debbie Ashcraft ... Herself
Jennifer Roller Jennifer Roller ... Herself
Robert Arceci Robert Arceci ... Himself (as Dr. Robert Arceci)
Victor Balaso Victor Balaso ... Himself (as Dr. Victor Balaso)
Cyndi DeLaat Cyndi DeLaat ... Herself (as Dr. Cyndi DeLaat)
Malini Gillen Malini Gillen ... Herself (as Dr. Malini Gillen)
Fred Huang Fred Huang ... Himself (as Dr. Fred Huang)
Paul Jublinsky Paul Jublinsky ... Himself (as Dr. Paul Jublinsky)
Connie Coons Connie Coons ... Herself
Alex Lougheed Alex Lougheed ... Herself
Jackie Lougheed Jackie Lougheed ... Herself
Judy Lougheed Judy Lougheed ... Herself
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Five families struggle with the ups and downs of cancer treatment over the course of six years.

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28 July 2006 (UK) See more »

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A Lion in the House See more »

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Cincinnati, Ohio, USA

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A real disappointment
4 April 2007 | by k_arent_leeSee all my reviews

I agree with those who say this film was very poorly done. It was a major letdown. I had heard about its Sundance accolades and that it was doing well at festivals but I was totally shocked at how bad it was when I saw it. This film felt like some tired old PBS throwback. The shooting wasn't all that great but I'm usually willing to overlook that if the story is really strong. It just wasn't, even though the subject is something that many people can relate to given that cancer is so prevalent in our society. I found myself feeling like I was in elementary school once again being forced to watch an "educational" film in class. Moreover, the filmmakers seemed to have almost no interest in showing any kind of conflict or emotion throughout it which felt to me like a bit of a whitewash. It seemed like a public relations video for the hospital where they were filming rather than a really, good story.


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